144 LETTERS FROM THE
I have a good friend in Lord Spencer. We
are in constant correspondence, and I have sent
him some books.
News is come of the surrender of Mantua.1
The other day, when the Directory sent an account
of Bonaparte's victory to the five hundred, it was
received with great coldness, and they passed to
the order of the day.
I have seen Mentelli, the geographer, member
of the Institute, who is lodged in the Louvre.
He has a globe map so large that you can creep
in to behold the heavenly movements.
I am to enter upon the business of my mission
on the loth, having received an official note from
my three co-operators; and high time it is for the
poor prisoners, for frost and snow are set in with
great severity, and numbers of them are in want
of clothes and fuel. I hope soon to be able to
i The fall of this place leads me to think of the battle of
Marengo, which followed it, and thence of an anecdote rela-
tive to the death of Dessaix. All the world has been given to
understand that this brave soldier died with these remarkable
words upon his lips: "Allez dire au premier Consul, qu& je
meurs avec U regret de ne pas avoir assez fait pour la patrie"
Now, it is affirmed, by an eye-witness, that all Dessaix really
did say, on receiving his mortal wound, was "Jesuisf-----."
Cambron, at Waterloo, is reported to have exclaimed, "La
garde meurt, mats ne se rend pas "; an absurdity, when at that
moment the guard was in full flight.